Whose score is it, anyway? Four days in October

October 30, 2015

And so I come to Friday evening, and gratefully reach home after a ridiculously interesting, stimulating week, filled with astonishing collaborators/friends, wonderful conversations, ideas and inspiration at every turn. In the past four days however, these have acquired a tighter focus, that of artistic ownership, and the fine line between freedom and intrusion. Where to begin? […]

From the Old Notebooks: 1 Winter 2008-9

October 25, 2015


Recording David Matthews-Outtakes-22 10 15

October 22, 2015

Recording David Matthews-Outtakes-22 10 15 Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin (Girolamo Amati 1629) Engineer-Jonathan Haskell St John the Baptist Church, Aldbury Paganini Fantasia [Audio clip: view full post to listen] The Paganini Fantasy is a Liszt-ean ‘paraphrase’ on the Paganini’s 2nd violin Concerto, preserving something of the feeling of an extended orchestral ‘tutti’ followed by a concertante […]

Sadie Harrison-Solos and Duos (Toccata Classics TOCC0304) Reviews

October 22, 2015

Sadie Harrison-Solos and Duos  TOCCATA 0304 (72:15) Gallery….1 ballare una passacaglia di ombre … .1 Hidden Ceremonies I.2 3 Dances for Diana Nemorensis….3 under the circle of the moon … (Mansions I-VII)4 • 1, 4Peter Sheppard Skaerved, 4Mihailo Trandafilovski (vn); 2Roderick Chadwick (pn); 3Diana Mathews (va) • TOCCATA 0304 (72:15) BUY IT HERE! LINK Fanfare […]

Douglas Young, Joelle Pappas, Paul Klee

October 20, 2015

Douglas Young, Joelle Pappas, Paul Klee Today, an exciting conversation begins. I took the train to Oxford to visit my much-admired friend and colleague Douglas Young and the Choreographer Joelle Pappas. Douglas has been an inspiring collaborator for many years, as composer, pianist, thinker, and expert on the composer Priaulx Rainier. Our conversation today began […]

David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process)

October 18, 2015

David Matthews-‘Not Farewell’ (Process) 18 10 15 (at the practice desk) I am preparing to record the second volume of David Matthews’s extensive output for solo violin, this week. The first was released a year ago. http://www.toccataclassics.com/cms/album/matthews-solo-violin-music-1.html Link to buy volume 1 I thought that it might be valuable to document a small glimpse of […]

A few days: watching, listening. October 2015

October 17, 2015


Kenneth Hesketh

October 16, 2015

Kenneth Hesketh (16th October 2015). A wonderful afternoon of coffee and conversation with my dear friend and collaborator Kenneth Hesketh. I premiered a wonderful piece of his for violin and wind a number of years ago, and am planning on bringing the new version of that piece into the centre of my ‘Mozart Project’. Ken […]

Wapping-Nocturnes & Morning Song

October 9, 2015

Wapping-Nocturnes & Morning Song 8/9 10 15

A Nikosia Notebook. Ligeti, Brahms, Nono, Pencil, Paper, Violin

October 3, 2015

Olivier Messiaen – Fantaisie 1933  Peter Sheppard Skaerved-Violin, Roderick Chadwick Shoe Factory, Nikosia 6th October 2015 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Concert Day Tuesday 6th  …should be as relaxed as possible, and the rehearsal this morning certainly was. Carly found a perfect eyrie to launch Messiaen’s ‘Appel Interstellaire’. After my colleagues had left, […]